Tuesday, October 18, 2016


NCIP commemorates 19th IPRA anniv

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Caraga is commemorating this year’s 19th Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) on October 27 with the theme, “Pagsasakapangyarihan ng mga Katutubo Tungo sa Pagkakakisa.”

“We believe that it is in providing the IPs with ample knowledge that they can effectively assert their rights and practice their responsibilities towards establishing a unified, peaceful and prosperous indigenous community,” underlined NCIP regional director Atty. Jose Dumagan Jr.

Dumagan added that a parade will jumpstart at 5:00 A.M. from Guingona Park going to Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city. Some 400 IPs all over the region are expected to attend the said celebration, it was learned.

The Indigenous People's Rights Act of 1997 (RA 8371) is a legislation that recognize and promote all the rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities/ Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor creates committee to support rehab program

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – The province of Agusan del Norte through its Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has created a special action committee in support to the inter-agency rehabilitation program for the drug surrenderees.

Through PPOC Resolution No. 2016-05 signed by PPOC chairperson and provincial governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, the Special Action Committee is composed of the following: Chirman - Atty. Ramie F. Duropan, Provincial Governor’s Office Peace and Order Focal Person; Members - Director Gilbert V. Buenafe, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA); Iglucito P. Duqueza, Department of Education; Ellen Vee P. Chua, Department of the Interior and Local Government; Director Catalina O. Tacubao, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); PSSupt Ernesto V Tendero, Police Provincial Office; Daisybiel O. Demavivas, Provincial Social Welfare and Nutrition Office; Paterno B. Olivera, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office; and Fr. Stephen M. Brongcano, Social Action Center Director.

The Special Action Committee is divided into three clusters. Cluster 1 will handle the profiling, screening, drug testing and provision support services during the identification and classification process of drug personalities while the Cluster 2 is responsible in creating committees on family care, community development, capacity development and patient/recovering drug dependent care during the rehabilitation process.

The Cluster 3 of the committee will provide programs and interventions like sustainable livelihood program, cash for work, Unlad Kabataan, National Drug Education Program, Drug Dependents Training Program, Therapuetic Community Modality Program, and Halfway House and Livelihood Training Center during the post-rehabilitation process. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


59 finish TESDA training program in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 18 (PIA) – Some 59 individuals from Carmen town had finished their skills training program under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Of the 59 individuals, 25 beneficiaries from Sitio Gacub, Barangay Hinapuyan graduated from Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) training NC-II, 31 individuals received a certificate of Reflexology and Massage training, and three individuals availed the training for Work Scholarship Program.

According to Civil Military Operations officer Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas of 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), Phil. Army, some 25 welding machines were received by the local government unit of Carmen intended for the 25 graduates who finished the SMAW training NC-II. Eight of the 25 graduates are reportedly former rebels.

Pueblas added that the training was initiated by the 36IB in coordination with some stakeholders.  (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DepEd now accepts Senior High School registration

By Mariza A. Arjona

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) has set October 16 to 29, 2016 as the schedule for the early registration for the Senior High School (SHS).

In Butuan City, incoming Grade 11 students for the next school year 2017 to 2018 can now register to any schools where the specialized track of their choice is being offered.

According to Dr. Israel Reveche, SHS division coordinator, the early registration will help determine DepEd on the resources needed like the classrooms, teachers and learning materials needed in implementing SHS.

“The Grades 11 and 12 were added with the newly-implemented K to 12 Program,” Reveche said. Students are now required to go through Grades 11 and 12 before completing or graduating from high school, he added.

SHS has four academic tracks – the GAS or General Academic Strand; STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Humanities and Social Sciences or HUMSS track; and Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM). (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DepEd Butuan chief encourages academe’s participation to 'dealing with bullying' confab

By Ana Marie P. Dultra

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City schools division superintendent Arsenio Cornites, Jr., in an advisory, encourages the participation of the academe from the public, private and special education schools and institutions of the city to send participants to the 3rd Annual Conference on Dealing with Bullying.

The event is facilitated by the Autism Partnership Philippine (APP) with the aim to educate doctors, therapists, administrators, and academe about autism and strategies on how to deal with them.

Among the topics for discussion include: Prevalence of Bullying in Children with Autism; Vulnerability of Students with Autism; Psychology of Bullying and Victimization; Effects of Bullying; Traditional Approaches to Dealing with Bullying; Alternative Approaches; and Mitigating Risk of Future Victimization.

The event will be held on November 7 to 8, 2016 at the Crimson Hotel, Filinvest City, Manila. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)